Simply Being: The Appropriate Use of SelfIn The Therapeutic Relationship With Addicted Adults

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Brown University Distance Learning Program and ADCARE Educational Institute, are offering a credited, on-line course on the appropriate use of self in the therapeutic relationship with addicted adults.

Chogyam Trungpa, a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, has said that “the basic work of health professionals in general and psychotherapists in particular is to become full human beings and inspire full human-beingness in people who feel starved about their lives.” This course will allow participants to explore their innate wisdom, intuition, creativity and ability to embody full human-beingness, to enhance their confidence and effectiveness as counselors, and to develop specific skills in the appropriate use of self in individual and group process with addicted adults.

This course will draw from diverse spiritual, creative, and psychotherapeutic arts such as Taoism, Buddhism, body-process psychotherapy, imagery, storytelling, Transpersonal, Humanistic, and Depth Psychologies, and the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. We will explore the use of experiential learning processes such as meditation, guided meditation, the spiritual practice of mindfulness, and writing practice as pathways to self-discovery and the full blossoming of the integrated self as a helper in service to others.


Patricia A. Burke, MSW is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Social Worker with over twenty years of experience. Author of Breathe Deeply! Healing Stories for the Soul, Patricia is an Adjunct Faculty at the Southern Maine Community College Behavioral Health and Human Services Department and maintains a private clinical practice in West Baldwin, Maine. She is the former Clinical Director of the Smith House Addictions Treatment Program and has been on the faculty of the Rutgers University Summer School of Alcohol and Drug Studies since 1989. Learn more about her work at

Course Objectives

  • Understand and integrate into practice the principles of non-forcing psychotherapy.
  • Understand the concept of mindfulness and how to create a non-judgmental space of open attention, curiosity, and compassion within the therapeutic relationship.
  • Identify the characteristics of an effective counselor which are linked to positive client outcomes.
  • Identify one’s own personal strengths and areas of growth as a counselor.
  • Understand the concept of service as one aspect of a transformational experience of spiritual, personal, and professional growth, suggested by the twelfth step Alcoholics Anonymous.

Course Requirements

This is a four-week course requirements are:

  • Required on-line reading (one hour per week)
  • Completion of pre and post test
  • Completion of weekly homework assignments (one hour per week)
  • Participation in the weekly course forum
  • Completion of an on-line course evaluation

*Please note that there are no real time events associated with this course. Lessons will be posted on the class home page on Tuesday and responses are due the following Monday. With the exception of the first weeks lesson which will be posted Monday with the responses due the following Monday. Assignments can be accessed at the participant’s convenience.

The total cost of this course is $60.00 the course payment is due by the start date of the course. A full refund is available up until the posting of the second lesson, after which there will be no refunds.


This four-week course, has been approved by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) for 8 educational credits. It is being provided by the Brown Distance Learning program, which is accredited as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider (#000151). This course meets the qualifications for 8 hours of continuing education credit for MFCC’s and/or LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE#1917). This course is approved by the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) for eight Category 1 continuing education for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC’s). The CCB is an IC&RC affiliate. The New York State OASAS does accept distance learning CEUs provided by institutions of higher learning for individuals pursuing or renewing a CASAC, CPP or CPS. Certificates will be mailed within two weeks to participants in the program for its duration who submit all required materials.

Please contact your local certification board to verify reciprocity or acceptance of Brown Distance Learning contact hours.

To participate, you must have:

  • An E-mail address and the capacity to retrieve and send E-mail;
  • Access to World Wide Web (the following programs provide WWW access: Netscape, Apple CyberDog, and Microsoft Explorer)
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher is the preferred browser for Brown DLP online courses
  • The ability to navigate the World Wide Web
  • A basic understanding of how to use a computer and send and receive email


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The course start date or when the course limit is reached.

To register for this course please log into your account or create your account then log into your account and click the Enroll in a New Course link at the bottom of your account page. On the Enrollment page select the course you wish to register for using the pull down menu and click on the enroll button.  Having enrolled into the course you will be prompted for payment. You may make your payment online or by regular mail. To view payment information please use the payment policies.

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